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Posted in Blog, Work In Ottawa
Jul 27, 2021

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8 mins | 1160 words
By: Brooke Harrison

Tech businesses in Ottawa are looking for star hires this August. Positions range from sales, software development, internships, and IT.

Whether you’re a seasoned tech professional or a tech beginner there’s a job for you! Read on to learn which position might be right for you and apply to fast-track your career in tech.  

1. 1Valet   

What it does: 

1Valet combines hardware, software and services to change residential living as we know it. Through an app for residents and a portal for building management, this booming Ottawa scaleup is streamlining security, delivery, parking and property management with a click of a button. 1Valet’s technology came to the rescue for many buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic and is poised to scale as more condominium managers are looking to add digital solutions to their building operating and resident management practices. 

The Perks: 

The team at 1Valet benefits from a hefty package of perks like work from home, health and dental, pet-friendly offices and career growth opportunities. 

Current Job Openings: 

Technical Project Manager, Senior Web Graphic Designer, Network Specialist, Director of Sales, Full-Stack Developer and more. 

Learn more and apply today! 

2. Avanade 

What it does: 

Avande transforms businesses for the digital era by providing digital and cloud services. Founded as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture LLP, it is a 16-time winner of Microsoft Partner of the year, with 100+ Microsoft partner awards and 32,000 certifications in Microsoft technology. 

The Perks: 

Working at Avanade is fast paced and exciting, employees of the organization enjoy dental and health benefits, a passionate workplace culture and generous PTO. 

Current Job Openings: 

CRM Solution Development Consultant, General Internship, Business Analyst Consultant and Delivery Management Consultant and more! 

Learn more and apply today! 

3. Canimmunize 

What it does: 

Canimmunize keeps a digital record of vaccinations for government, employers, health care workers and Canadians. This fast-growing Ottawa startup built the first digital vaccination tracking tool in 2012 and is internationally recognized by Heath Standards Organization and WHO’s Vaccine Safety Net. 

The Perks: 

Employees of Canimmunize benefit from a work where your most productive policy, high-energy, fast-paced environment, while working with cutting edge technology! 

Current Job Openings: 

Quality Assurance Lead 

Learn more and apply today!  

4. Ciena  

What it does: 

If you describe yourself as a tech innovator or thought disruptor, a career at Ciena might be what you’re looking for. A global telecommunications leader, Ciena provides services and products to help power its clients’ digital interactions such as calling, video chatting and text. 

Ciena was also recently recognized as Company of the Year in the 2020 Leading Lights Award, recognizing its innovative work in telecommunications. 

The Perks: 

As an employee of Ciena, you can enjoy a diverse workplace that takes a people-centred approach first. Employees are also offered extensive health and dental benefits, competitive PTO, flexible hours, global wellbeing programs and a competitive salary.  

Current Job Openings:   

Senior DPS Engineer, ASIC Verification Engineer, ASIC Design Engineer, Software Solutions Architect, and more! 

Learn more and apply today! 

5. DataKinetics  

What it does: 

DataKinetics is a global leader in mainframe performance and optimization through a suite of tailored solutions such as mainframe modernization, and digital transformation. The company works with the world’s largest banks, credit card, brokerage, insurance, healthcare, retail and telecommunication businesses. Team up with DataKinetics and you will be working with fortune 500 companies from around the globe and playing a leading role in saving them billions of dollars.  

The Perks: 

Employees of DataKinetics enjoy full health and dental benefits, a relaxed work environment, team lunches, and substantial paid time off. 

Current Job Openings: 

Senior Software Engineer, Senior Technical Writing Consultant, Dev Ops, Finance Director.  

Learn more and apply today! 

6. Kivuto  

What it does: 

Passionate about education? Kivuto is too! It takes great pride in paving the way to make digital resources easily accessible for educators and their students. Kivuto is trusted by 7,500+ school partners such as Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of Oxford in 60 countries. Last fall, Kivuto landed nearly $8 million equity from the US and Canadian investors.  

The Perks: 

The team at Kivuto enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of educators and students around the globe. They also benefit from health and dental coverage along with a dynamic work environment. 

Current Job Openings: 

Full Stack UI Developer, Senior IT Infrastructure Specialist, Enterprise Sales Account Executive, Back-End BI Engineer. 

Learn more and apply today!

7. Lightship 

What it does: 

Enhancing safety and efficiency on industrial worksites is the goal of Lightship’s tech platform. Its state-of-the-art technology provides comprehensive incident response, in-field data collection and asset management solutions to large industries, local government and emergency management organizations, all through user-friendly web interfaces and mobile apps. Lightship is used for industrial manufacturing and mining sites, events, and emergency response and is trusted by IBM, Government of Canada, and Port of Tampa Bay. 

The Perks: 

As a Lightship employee, you will enjoy premium medical, dental and vision coverage for you and the whole family, a remote-friendly workspace, flexible hours, and generous PTO. 

Current Job Openings: 

Front End Developer, Business Development Representative and Senior Account Executive. 

Learn more and apply today! 

8. Mechatronic Design Solutions 

What it does: 

Mechatronic Design Solutions is an engineering automation firm that creates robotic systems which streamline sanitary automation for food processing, robotic work cells to reduce labour dependency and general automation for production manufacturing. Want to learn more? Take a look at some of their exciting and innovative projects here. 

The Perks: 

Mechatronic Design Solutions employees are offered competitive salaries, 4 weeks paid holiday, flexible work hours, and a company culture conductive to a positive work-life balance. 

Current Job Openings: 

Intermediate/ Senior Engineer: Robotics and Industrial Automation 

Learn more and apply today! 

9. TechInsights  

What it does: 

TechInsights is leading the world in microelectronic reverse engineering. It digs into the latest technology and reverse-engineers it to understand how the products function. The organization offers competitive technology intelligence monitoring, platforms for the semiconductor industry and assistance for patent owners to develop manage and use their patent portfolios. TechInsights provides solutions to over 200 global tech, semiconductor and electronics companies. 

The Perks: 

The team at TechInsights enjoys bountiful health and wellness coverage, competitive salaries, flexible vacation and constant support for learning and development. 

Current Job Openings: 

UX Design intern, Director Costing Operations, Senior Product Manager, Technical Project Manager and more. 

Learn more and apply today! 

10. ThinkRF  

What it does: 

ThinkRF is a leading producer of complex software devices which intercept and analyze wireless communications sent from devices such as smartphones. ThinkRF’s products are favourites for regulatory and intelligence monitoring and are used by impressive organizations like Johns Hopkins University, Industry Canada and NIST. 

The Perks: 

Employees of ThinkRF benefit from competitive rewards packages, professional development opportunities and flexible work environments! 

Current Job Openings:   

Senior AI-Machine Learning Engineer, Signal Processing & Analysis Engineer, Controller, Technical Support Engineer, Senior Project Manager, Intermediate Software Developer, Cloud Architect Engineer. 

Learn more and apply today!  

Jun 30, 2021

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12 mins | 1,900 words
By: Randy Gaudreau

Like many other business owners, the challenges of the past year have made it anything but business-as-usual for Lucie Rosano, Owner of Esthetics by Lucie. Throughout the pandemic, unpredictable conditions and closures restricted her business and forced her to rely on finding support to keep it going.

According to Lucie however, the closures provided her with a bit of breathing room and a rare chance to examine how the in-person business she built could thrive in the digital economy – with the help of the Transformation Team from the Digital Main Street Future Proof program.

Lucie’s story

Esthetics By Lucie Owner Lucie Rosano smiling with Valeria, indoors and leaning on a window ledge at night. Lucie got her first opportunity as part of the first group of graduates of Ottawa’s Versailles Academy in the early 1980s, after the downtown Ottawa Holt Renfrew location reached out to the school looking for the best candidate to help launch the upcoming Prescriptive line of Estée Lauder.

However, after a year of working to build the brand in close proximity to strong fragrances, Lucie developed a medical condition that made her unable to continue in the role that she loved. But despite the setback, it wasn’t long before an entrepreneurial opportunity came her way that would give her another option to get her young career started.

Shortly after walking away from the position she loved, Lucie heard from her former instructor from the academy, Joan Hart. After operating her own esthetics business and building a legacy of her own for 18 years, Joan decided she was going to move back home to Denmark to get married and take care of her father.

To be sure the clientele she’d build was in good hands, Joan reached out to her former student Lucie to see if she had any interest in buying the business and taking over its clientele after she left.

Lucie’s reaction at the time was understandably one of disbelief.

“I basically laughed,” she said.

“She had 18 years of experience and she was amazing. But after laughing at Joan, I decided that maybe it could be the best thing for me,” she added. “And so, she took me under her wing and stayed with me for six weeks and trained me in her techniques.”

Strategically, Joan kept the transition under wraps as to not upset her regular clientele, who both Joan and Lucie felt would simply not stand for a rookie replacement.

“She told all her clients she was going away on a holiday,” Lucie added laughing. “She didn’t tell them that she was going away permanently, because she didn’t feel like they would give me a chance. They were with her for 18 years, and she was in her 50’s. They’re not going to trust somebody that’s 25 years old,” she added.  “She just basically said, ‘I trust Lucie. Lucie is going to look after you.’ So, they stayed with me.”

But according to Lucie, it wasn’t the smoothest of transitions.

“Let me tell you it was brutal for those poor clients,” she said. “It’s one thing to go to school and another when you actually get the practical experience. And those customers were very, very loyal to Joan,” she explained. “Had they thought I’d purchased the business; they would’ve run out that door and never looked back.”

A local favourite despite changing locations and a changing industry

Street level shop window of Esthetics by Lucie - displaying the business logo and the 4 Faces awards for Ottawa's best esthetician

Now, 35 years later, she’s still running her own business, offering facials, waxing and sugaring, as well as nail and eyebrow services.

And after being voted as Best Esthetician in Faces Magazine for the past four years, it’s safe to say Lucie has built a loyal clientele of her own, gaining a reputation for what she describes as the best Brazilians in town.

“We do everything, but we’re famous for our Brazilians,” said Lucie. “I’m the queen of Brazilians. That’s 90 per cent of our business, that’s our specialty and that’s what we’re known for because of our method, our prices, our product, the knowledge we have, and our speed.”

The success comes despite having relocated the business several times – from the original Esthetics by Joan location on the second floor, to the third floor, then to Laurier Avenue and come back full circle, to locate once again in the Sparks Street area, only this time, with a street-level location.

But much more than location has changed over the past 35 years. Gone are the days where if you wanted anything done, you’d have to head downtown to where all the action was. These days, according to Lucie, consumers are opting to make their longer appointments a little closer to home.

“Back in the day, downtown was the happening place,” she said. “So, if you wanted your hair done or massage or esthetics done, you had to come downtown.”

The Esthetics By Lucie Location - at 167 Sparks Street - with red flowers out front of the shop window.

“Today, it’s the reverse,” she explained. “People come in for their quick service at the buildings when they’re downtown. But if they’re going to have anything more than that done, they’re going to have it done in their area in Manotick, Barrhaven, Orleans, or Stittsville – wherever they’re living.”

Regardless of changes in the industry, according to Lucie, her reputation for quick service and her skillfully delivered services at reasonable prices keeps customers coming back.

“Our technique is amazing,” she said. “We have a great location and have great prices and we use the best products. And I do everything I can to make sure that people who are getting waxed, get the best service that they can.”

Unpredictable pandemic conditions – and a changing game plan

From experiencing the initial lockdown restrictions, it was clear to Lucie that getting people in and out for fast services approach wasn’t going to work, and she needed to adapt her business to stay profitable.

“We had our door locked once we brought a customer in, and then it’s a one-hour process,” she said. “Generally speaking, it’s a 15-minute service. But by the time you sterilize, cash out the customer, they fill out the form, and you do the service, it’s an hour. We are not priced for one-hour service,” she explained. “We’re priced for half an hour at maximum.”

Add in a lack of foot traffic, and a population focused on shopping online, and it’s a perfect storm that she says will continue to adversely affect her business until things fully get back to normal.

“When we go back to work, we have no business because we’re in a downtown location,” she explained. “All the government customers, all the students, everybody’s doing things online, and there’s zero traffic. We depend on the people who work in the building and say, ‘what’s new on Sparks Street?’ And then we also get visitors.”

“Well,” she added, “there’s no visitors because there’s nobody staying at the hotels.  And there’s no people in the buildings.”

Updating and upgrading online – with a little help from the Sparks Street BIA and Invest Ottawa

According to Lucie, the various levels of government and the Sparks Street Business Improvement Area (BIA) have been beacons in the dark times of COVID-19, providing hope through resources and opportunities for small businesses in the area.

One resource forwarded by the Sparks Street BIA introduced Lucie to the services available from the Transformation Teams of the Digital Main Street (DMS) Future Proof program, made available through Invest Ottawa – and she reached out.

“I just reached out, and spoke to a representative,” she said.  “And he said, ‘OK, tell me a bit about yourself, and tell me what you need’ and then they set me up.”

Working with the Transformation Teams of DMS Future Proof

During a two-week period of digital transformation, the Future Proof Transformation Team was able to help create a clear and cohesive brand for Esthetics by Lucie by updating existing logos and graphics, creating marketing materials, and fresh new web-copy, which was also translated to offer corresponding French content on the website.

They also helped Lucie create a new Squarespace website, which would replace their dated existing site with one offering e-commerce and scheduling capabilities.

“They helped us with our website, they did the translations to French, they had somebody to help us with our social media, they just basically helped us put everything together,” she said. “We wouldn’t have ever been able to afford something like that.”

More than just digital tools

Aside from website improvements, Lucie explained that the DMS Transformation Team helped her understand how to reach out to new markets with her core customers of student and government workers working and studying remotely.

“This is what I asked Digital Main Street,” she said. “How do I market? How do I reinvent myself in the downtown core? I’ve never had to worry about downtown because I had my own established clientele. They said, ‘you have to reinvent yourself. This is how you have to do your social media; this is how you do your blogging.’ They re-educated me basically, and now, we’re going to implement something completely new.”

An assortment of items found in the Esthetics By Lucie shop, arranged on three shelves and wrapped in decorative wire lighting.

Putting the digital plan into action

With the right pieces put in place by the Transformation Team, Lucie is hoping that to put everything into action – with help from her family.

“We have to work on it still,” she said. “My husband is still working full-time from home, so he took the time out to sit and down and talk to the team, and my daughter is going to be doing the social media. So now, honestly, it’s just a matter of putting everything together and implementing what they gave us.”

I think by September, we’ll be fine again,” she added. “We can only do our best and hope for the best.”

The results are on the way

With many of the changes just starting to be integrated, Lucie is optimistic that the work done by the team has already put her business in a better position.

“I’m very happy with the work and I’m sure it’s going to change things 100%,” she said. “It’s something that was unaffordable, and something I couldn’t imagine doing – especially in these times when there’s no income coming in at all.”

“I’m very blessed and grateful to have a team of experts like this,” she added. “I have spent tons of money on people working on my website and designing my website. And I didn’t have one-tenth of the service that got from Digital Main Street. I had hired people to do my social media, and paid an exuberant amount of money, signed contracts. And nothing came out of it,” she said. “Zero.”

“And now, I am 100% sure that it’s going to be a 100% turnaround.”

“Moving forward, if a pandemic like this happens again, or if I want to retire, I’ll be able to go online and sell products to be able to survive because of Digital Main Street and how they helped us.”- Lucie Rosano

What’s next?

Along with the strengthened online presence, Lucie plans to take advantage of the e-commerce capabilities of her improved website to venture into retail, giving her, and a bright future.

“I’ve never been in the retail end of it,” Lucie said. “I don’t know what to buy, what’s going to sell, what isn’t. Especially with these economic times, how do you guess? How do you attract them to your website to purchase your products? I didn’t really want to take that leap.”

“Now we’re going to go online, because of Digital Main Street,” she said.

Lucie holding an award, flanked by Valeria and Hager, smiling and standing in front of a wall of awards.

“When we went on lockdown, a lot of businesses were prepared to sell online, because they were already selling things. But we’re more of a personal business, one-on-one, and we didn’t sell products.”

“Moving forward,” she continued, “if a pandemic like this happens again, or if I want to retire, I’ll be able to go online and sell products to be able to survive because of Digital Main Street and how they helped us.”

Visit the Digital Main Street Future Proof success stories page to find out how to support local businesses and hear from others who’ve been able to get online with the help of Digital Main Street and Invest Ottawa.

Though the Future Proof program is no longer accepting applications, Invest Ottawa has a wide range of programs to help businesses of all levels – whether just getting started or well established. Visit the Invest Ottawa webpage to learn more.

Also, be sure to sign up to Invest Ottawa’s newsletters for updates about small businesses, available programs, and upcoming events.

A special thank you to the Government of Canada and specifically FedDev Ontario for making this program possible and enabling the team at Invest Ottawa to provide critical support to main street businesses when it is needed most.

Posted in Blog, Community News
Jun 29, 2021

Invest Ottawa is proud to partner with Pow Wow Pitch to help empower and support Indigenous entrepreneurs. 

With submission and nomination deadlines coming up for some great opportunities such as Pow Wow Pitch Competition and the Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards, we wanted to share a few important dates and some information below just to be sure nobody misses out on these great opportunities.

There are also more opportunities available in July through the recently introduced Pow Wow Pitch Indigenous Startup Program Learning Series, which gives Indigenous entrepreneurs access to free learning opportunities that can help them start and grow a thriving business. This month is filled with great sessions – find out more about the program and how to register through the links below.

Pow Wow Pitch  – $50,000 in cash prizes! A poster image for Pow Wow Pitch, reminding potential applicants to apply before July 15th. It reads, Pitch to Win $50,000 in prizes. Deadline July 15, 2021 - website and features the image of 2020 winner Lynn-Marie Angus, Owner of Sister's Sage

**Deadline Extended to July 31st

Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, whether just starting or looking to grow to the next level. 

All applicants get access to more than $1,000 in free tools, technology and resources to start and scale their businesses, and 150 will be shortlisted to pitch for their chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes.

Submit your 1-minute pitch to apply.


Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards Celebrating Excellence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship

A poster invitation graphic calling for applications for nominees for the Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards celebrating excellence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Applications close July 31st. The poster also gives the website address of as a destination for those looking for more information

Deadline July 31st

The Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards recognize and celebrate excellence and outstanding impact in Indigenous entrepreneurship.  

Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous-owned businesses across Turtle Island can apply or nominate others for their entrepreneurial perseverance, growth, impact and example as true Indigenous icons of our generation. The deadline for nominations is July 31st.

Nominate someone or apply today. 


Pow Wow Pitch Indigenous Startup Program  – Learning Series

Promotional graphic for the Indigenous Startup Program Learning Series highlighting the Pow Wow Pitch website at

The Pow Wow Pitch Indigenous Startup Program provides Indigenous entrepreneurs with free access to on-demand and LIVE training and free tools and resources to start and grow thriving businesses.

Each week throughout the Summer, Pow Wow Pitch will release new Learning Sessions, LIVE Learn & Build Sessions, and free tools, technology and resources for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Learn about upcoming events happening through July.

Anyone looking for more information about these great opportunities is encouraged to email Pow Wow Pitch.

Posted in Blog, Work In Ottawa
Jun 25, 2021

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7 mins | 800 words
By: Brooke Harrison

This summer take the plunge and land your dream job! Tech companies across Ottawa are looking for talented individuals to join their team. If you’re looking to propel your career forward, Ottawa has boundless tech opportunities across multiple industries like clean energy, cybersecurity, or entertainment, to name a few.  


What it does: 

Passionate about cleantech? Then get excited! is helping energy utilities around the world efficiently manage their electricity grids. This scaling Ottawa startup has raised $3.9 million in a seed fund round in 2020 to accelerate its growth.  

The Perks:’s culture is built on passion for the job. Its team is empowered day in day out, around the greater purpose of climate change mitigation. provides employees with competitive compensation, opportunities for continual career growth and a great team environment 

Current Job Openings:  

Machine Learning Scientist, Backend Cloud Software Developers, Backend Cloud Software Developer (new graduate), Data Engineering Platform Developer, Senior Frontend WebApp Developer 

Learn more and apply today! 

2. Face4 Systems 

What it does: 

Ottawa-based Face4 Systems is a leader in facial recognition software which provides clients with strengthened security through its face-based surveillance solutions.  

The Perks: 

Face4 Systems offers employees stellar health and dental benefits alongside a workplace culture that promotes professional development. 

Current Job Openings: 

Software Engineer 

Learn more and apply today!   

3. MASV 

What it does: 

MASV provides a way for businesses and individuals to transfer large files in the blink of an eye. Its transfer service ensures on time delivery of up to 5TB at once. In 2019 the company integrated its file transfer system into Adobe Premiere Pro, while still maintaining its celebrated speed and reliability. 

The Perks: 

As an employee at MASV you will enjoy a competitive salary, stock option plans, as well as health and dental plans.  

Current Job Openings:  

Front End Web Developer, Developer Advocate, Product Manager, Growth Product Manager, Software Architect and Quality Assurance Specialist  

Learn more and apply today!  

4. Multiview  

What it does: 

Multiview provides countless businesses with simple, no hassle financial applications for accounting and financial planning projects no matter the size. Multiview’s software is used by more than 40 industries and its clients range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. 

The Perks: 

Multiview prides itself in putting its employees first. All employees receive generous starting vacations, continual career development, and a workplace culture that encourages staff to provide honest feedback and engagement. Multiview is also constantly working on improving its Diversity and Inclusion practices. 

Current Job Openings: 

Manager, Client Success Executives, Senior Software Architect, User Experience Designer (UX), ERP Support Consultant and Business Development Executive  

Learn more and apply today!  

5. 1Valet 

What it does: 

1Valet is revolutionizing condos and apartments with its state-of-the-art connected software, making smart living a reality. Its technology allows tenants of the building open doors without keys and ride elevators without pushing any buttons. In 2020 1Valet signed a five-year deal with Rogers to offer its technology to internet customers in Ontario, New Brunswick and Newfoundland.  

The Perks: 

1Valet has a generous benefit package full of perks like stock options, work from home opportunities, wellness and assistance program, pet friendly offices and more! 

Current Job Openings:  

Bilingual Customer Experience Specialist, Technical Project Manager, Hr Coordinator, Controller 

Learn more and apply today!  

6. Solace 

What it does: 

Solace is a leader in producing event-streaming and management technology with impressive clients like Barclays, NASA, and the London Stock Exchange Solace. Recently Solace announced its plans to expand its presence in Taiwan. 

The Perks: 

The team at Solace receives great compensation and benefits within a dynamic workplace. 

Current Job Openings:  

Solace is currently hiring 20+ positions in Cloud, Sales, Marketing, and R&D. 

Learn more and apply today! 

7. Solink 

What it does: 

A leader in loss prevention strategies for global businesses, Solink creates trusted cloud video surveillance systems. In 2020, Solink closed $23 million in Series B funding, bringing its total funding to $40 million. 

The Perks: 

Solink providers its employees with flexible hours, full medical benefits, stock options, gym membership subsidies and social events, among many other perks! 

Current Job Openings:  

Full-Time and Part Time Customer Support Representative, Solutions Engineer, Quality Assurance Intern, Account Executive (Sales) 

Learn more and apply today! 

8. Tehama  

What it does: 

Tehama developed a next generation DaaS platform to help companies create cloud-based virtual offices, rooms and desktops. Its software connects remote workers with critical and data-sensitive systems, with the ability to connect anywhere in the world. In 2020 Tehama tripled its revenues and landed US $10 Million in venture capital financing 

The Perks: 

As a Tehama employee you can expect a competitive rewards program with an annual 30 days flexible PTO, annual self-directed learning budget, and competitive salaries and stock options. Employees also benefit from a flexible work environment, and annual wellness budget. 

Current Job Openings: 

Intermediate Software Developer-Backend Services, Sales Operations Manager, Senior Enterprise Account Executive. 

Learn more and apply today! 

9. You.i TV 

What it does: 

You.i.TV provides media companies with a more efficient and agile way to engage their viewers. With You.i.Engine One, SDK development teams can deliver video content across a multitude of devices. Through an acquisition deal with WarnerMedia, You.i Engine One technology is used to deploy WarnerMedia’s HBO Max direct-to-consumer offering to a variety of platforms in markets worldwide.  

The Perks: 

You.i.TV employees are offered flexible work hours, 30 days PTO, RRSP matching program, competitive health benefits, level up coaching and free in-house fitness classes. 

Current Job Openings:  

The organization currently has 13 job openings within Engineering, IT, operations, and software developer positions 

Learn more and apply today! 

10. Zayo 

What it does: 

Zayo provides its global client base with fiber bandwidth to move, process and store large volumes of data. It is the leading provider of lit and dark fiber networks which provide critical connection to data centers, cloud providers, commercial and entertainment centers.  

The perks: 

Employees of Zayo benefit from competitive compensation packages, excellent benefits, fitness membership discounts and generous paid time off.  

Current job openings: 

Account Executive, Implementation Engineer, Deal Management Manager, Program Manager, Communication Technician, Senior Channel Manager, and more. 

Learn more and apply today! 

Jun 21, 2021

This June marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

Although it has been a very challenging time for Indigenous people in Canada given the recent headlines, Invest Ottawa would like to take some time to celebrate a few of the outstanding Indigenous entrepreneurs who are making a difference right here in Ottawa.

Hazel Harrison // Smart Addiction Technologies Inc.

Hazel Harrison of Smart Addiction Technologies Inc, smiling with her hands on the desk in in front of her.

Hazel Harrison is an Ottawa-based serial entrepreneur who has always found a way of combining her knowledge in business, education, and mental health to support the economic development of BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada. 

Over the past 24 years she has launched an impressive six businesses which has ultimately led her to her current venture, Smart Addiction Technologies Inc., the company behind Quit My Way, an evidence-based smartphone app that helps its users to quit smoking.

It was 10 years ago that Hazel came up with the idea for the app after her own journey of quitting smoking.

“I am a former smoker and I know exactly how hard it was to quit smoking”, she explains.

Also armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Carleton University, business courses at McMaster University, the Lab to Market Program from the Harvard University Technology Entrepreneurship, she is now ready to take on the challenge of helping to solve a problem still faced by 1 in 10 Canadians.

What makes her app different from other smoking cessation programs is that it’s easy to use. With 86% of Canadians owning a smartphone, the service is accessible and available on devices that people use every day. The service also doesn’t force users to make a drastic lifestyle change, instead, it weans them off nicotine slowly avoiding the negative effects of withdrawals. 

With the increased popularity of vaping, especially among youth, and the increased awareness surrounding the negative effects of the habit, Hazel has expanded the app, currently in beta testing, to help youth beat that growing addiction as well.

Aside from her day-to-day work at Smart Addiction Technologies Inc., she also lends her expertise to a number of causes.

Proudly Inuit (Inuvialuit) and Irish on her mother’s side and Dene (First Nations) and English on her father’s side, she has worked with Indigenous organizations for over 15 years in economic development, non-profit, education and training.

She is currently a Program Coordinator with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Women Entrepreneurship Centre, delivering programs for women entrepreneurs including the Indigenous Women Building Business program – a series of workshops dedicated to Indigenous women who are focused on starting and growing businesses that align with Indigenous values and culture. The program is a partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and Laurier’s Indigenous Student Center and Centre for Indigegogy.

Through her years of experience in entrepreneurship and economic development, she has gained recognition as an independent business advisor, working with entrepreneurship programs throughout Ontario including WOSEN (Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network), CSI (Centre for Social Innovation), and Invest Ottawa, and more recently became a Certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor.

Although her current venture is gaining steam and recognition from CBC, PR-Inside, and other prominent publications, you can be sure it won’t be her last.

Twitter: @Smart_Addiction

Jun 18, 2021

This June marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month in Canada. It is a time for reflection and acknowledging and celebrating the incredible contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada. 

Though this year has been filled with challenges, National Indigenous History Month provides an opportunity to acknowledge the past, look forward to building a better future, and share stories of the great contributions of Indigenous People.  

The events of this month also added to the story of Pow Wow Pitch, an Indigenous-led initiative created to empower Indigenous entrepreneurs, as it announced it will receive additional support through Seed Level funding from Invest Ottawa that will help expand its programming and create new success stories to come in the years ahead.  

It starts with an idea 

In 2010, local Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg entrepreneur Sunshine Tenasco stepped in front of the camera’s bright lights on CBC’s popular TV show Dragons’ Den, in search of support to help kickstart her small business.  

While successful in earning support with her pitch, her appearance on the show did more than just help her to kickstart much more than a business. It gave her the drive to help other Indigenous entrepreneurs who were facing common barriers in getting their business ideas off the ground, by giving them a similar opportunity and experience.  

With purpose driving a new motivation, Sunshine set out to create a pitch platform specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs in hopes that it would provide them with the same inspiration and drive she felt.  

The Launch of Pow Wow Pitch  

An image of Pow Pow Pitch Founder Sunshine Tenasco, speaking into a microphone wearing a white "I heart Pow Pow Pitch" t-shirt and a black hat.

With help and support from local mentors, judges and sponsors, Pow Wow Pitch launched seven years ago at the Ottawa Summer Solstice Pow Wow.  

The initiative quickly grew to become North America’s premier pitch competition for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs.  

And according to Sunshine, entrepreneurship is something that has always been a part of Indigenous culture all along, and just needed to be stimulated and reinvigorated.  

“I started Pow Wow Pitch because I believe entrepreneurship is the path to self-sufficiency,” she writes. “Entrepreneurship is a big part of Indigenous heritage.” 

“We used to call it trade, she added. “We are just reawakening to entrepreneurship.” 

Pow Wow Pitch supports Indigenous entrepreneurs with micro start-up cash and valuable mentorship in a collaborative and empowering environment that helps to address and mitigate the challenges of being an Indigenous entrepreneur.  

Since the program began, the growing pitch competition has awarded prizes to help over 20 Indigenous entrepreneurs ranging from soap producers to photography studios.  

Pandemic pause creates online potential 

As the program grew, plans were to expand it and offer it nationally. However, with pandemic conditions effectively putting a temporary end to in-person pow wow, Pow Wow Pitch had to move to an online model in 2020.  

While restrictions seemed to be closing doors for the growing program, shifting the program to an online delivery model expanded their reach and opened the door to enable pitches from Indigenous entrepreneurs across every province and territory.  

This year Pow Wow Pitch has already received applications from over 1,000 pitchers from across Turtle Island this year from online participants.  With the expanded scale and reach, Pow Wow Pitch had an opportunity to offer more than ever to Indigenous entrepreneurs.  

To ensure they had the support they needed to take advantage of the growth, they’ve teamed up with Invest Ottawa to help deliver expanded support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.  

A rich history – and a bright future 

By working together to deliver boot camps, programs and mentorship to help improve access to programming

 for Indigenous entrepreneurs, Pow Wow Pitch and Invest Ottawa have built a longstanding partnership in helping to support Indigenous entrepreneurs in the National Capital region and help them grow.  

Now with added Seed Sponsor support from Invest Ottawa, they’re looking to provide increased support to Indigenous entrepreneurs in accessing training, mentorship, funding, and a platform to showcase and celebrate their stories. 

“I am so proud Invest Ottawa is supporting Pow Wow Pitch to reach and support more Indigenous entrepreneurs,” said Sunshine.  Having the hometown support of my community helps me to stand taller as an entrepreneur so I can grow confidently knowing my community is rallying for my success and the success of Indigenous entrepreneurs.”    

To share some of the successes and the incredible work being done, they are launching a Podcast to share inspiring conversations with entrepreneurs, and plan to launch the Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards to celebrate and showcase Indigenous entrepreneurial icons. 

“I started Pow Wow Pitch because I believe entrepreneurship is the path to self-sufficiency,” she writes. “Entrepreneurship is a big part of Indigenous heritage. We used to call it trade. We are just reawakening to entrepreneurship.” – Sunshine Tenasco, Founder, Pow Wow Pitch  

Invest Ottawa’s role of support 

As a Seed-Level Sponsor of the Indigenous-led pitch competition and entrepreneurship program, Invest Ottawa will help adjudicate the Ontario Semi-finals, provide the top 25 Finalists with an Accelerator workshop, and contribute prize dollars for winning entrepreneurs.  

According to Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O, the partnership provides more opportunities to provide free support, training, and mentorship to Indigenous entrepreneurs.  

“We are committed to becoming a better ally, supporting sustainable change, and empowering diverse entrepreneurs from every walk of life who drive our economic growth, she said.  

“We know the path to Truth and Reconciliation includes acknowledging the injustice and harm done to Indigenous people, past and present, and addressing the inequities that persist. We are honoured to collaborate with Sunshine and Pow Wow Pitch to support community-led action and help fuel the growth and success of Indigenous entrepreneurs today and tomorrow.” 

On June 29th, Sunshine will be hosting Indigenous Entrepreneurs Rising: A workshop for Indigenous entrepreneurs. This virtual training workshop is being provided for free to Indigenous entrepreneurs to help to empower them and equip them with ways to run their businesses efficiently and confidently.  Register here for free.  

Posted in Blog, Work In Ottawa
Jun 7, 2021

Trevor Kerr


5 mins | 650 words
By: Trevor Kerr

Yes, Ottawa is synonymous with being Canada’s capital city, the site of the world’s largest skating rink, and the backdrop to majestic Parliament buildings, but we are also a global tech hub that is on the leading edge of telecommunications. 

Combine that with consistently being ranked as one of the best places to live in North America, it is no wonder Ottawa is a target for top tech talent like you from around the world. 

Here are 5 more reasons you should consider working in Ottawa: 

1. Working on the leading edge of ICT R&D 

Ottawa has been at the heart of Canada’s innovation economy for decades, especially when it comes to Communication Technologies. Supported by 65 government labs, 90% of Canada’s industrial telecom R&D takes place here. This includes the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre – the only pure-play optical fabrication centre in North America. From multinational giants to homegrown successes, companies of all sizes continue to look to Ottawa as an ICT centre of excellence.  


2. Immerse yourself in a 5G hub 

Top tech talent wants to work on innovative projects and Ottawa is Canada’s leader in 5G R&D. In fact, we are so supportive of pushing the boundaries of wireless communications you’ll find a 5G test site right at city hall led by Canada’s Communications Research Centre. Ottawa is also one of five locations in Quebec and Ontario taking part in ENCQOR, a public-private partnership that provides access to pre-commercial 5G for research and innovation. And just this spring the Ericsson Open Lab, a state-of-the-art 5G R&D facility, opened in Ottawa. It allows researchers from around the world to collaborate remotely on 5G wireless technology projects.  

If you want an example of how 5G is set to revolutionize the communities we live in, look no further than Area X.O, the first integrated V2X (vehicle to everything) test facility of its kind in North America, Area X.O has brought together a smart mobility cluster which includes more than 100 partners, including Blackberry QNX and Ericsson. Here you can leverage future mobility, autonomy and connected technologies in a safe and secure environment. If you can think of an application across any sector… you can test it!  


3. An amazing career and an even better life 

Life is about more than work, and Ottawa provides that perfect balance. Thanks to our high livability standards, Ottawa was recently ranked the best city in Canada for work-life balance and the sixth-best in the world. That high quality of life and the relative affordability of our city when compared to other major North American cities makes Ottawa an increasingly popular destination for top tech talent.  


4. Ottawa is for serious tech 

Top talent is attracted to top talent and you won’t find a higher concentration of tech talent outside of Ottawa. Our city’s deep pool of highly skilled and diverse talent has long been viewed by innovators and entrepreneurs as one of our city’s strongest competitive advantages. According to CBRE’s 2020 Tech Talent report, Ottawa has the highest concentration of tech talent in North America at 11.3 per cent. That puts us ahead of even San Francisco at 10.5 per cent.  


5. Immigration made easy

Canada’s immigration programs also make it easy for companies to bring talent to Ottawa from all over the world. We have two dedicated programs for highly skilled talent and work permits can be issued in as few as two weeks. There are also no quotes or caps and if you fall in love with Ottawa (we know you will) these programs can provide a pathway to permanent residency. 

Are you ready to take advantage of Ottawa’s world-class expertise in 5G and ICT to boost your career?  

Register now for our Work in Ottawa: 5G and Communications Technology Career Fair on June 17This is your chance to meet with industry leaders like Ericsson, Ford, Infinera, Ross Video, and Syntronic while discovering why Ottawa is the best place for an amazing career and an even better life. 

Invitation to event on June 17th titled: Work in Ottawa: 5G and Communications Technology Career Fair June 17th from 12pm until 3pm